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Working from Home – The Agility Way!

With many of us working from home due to the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to share some hints and tips about working from home!

Our senior leadership team is very experienced in working from home having worked at home most of their working careers whilst working for the UK’s leading telcos, however studies have shown only 30% of the UK workforce are used to working from home.

Whether this is the norm for you, or you are completely new to home working, see Alan & Stephen’s hint and tips.

Alan’s hints and tips

Having been a homeworker for most of my working career, I find the following has really helped me over the years to ensure my concentration levels remain high and you can separate work and family life, as they can easily be blended into one whilst working from home

  • Have a dedicated workstation: If possible, set up your home office away from any distractions such as the TV. It is very easy to set up your workstation in your living room or in the kitchen where there are many distractions (typically food with me!) Also, having it away from areas of leisure, means you can easily switch off between work, rather than finishing an email which can wait till the morning, so you can enjoy time with your loved ones.
  • Schedule regular breaks: The old cliche of working from home is a doddle and “I bet you watch Netflix all day” is further from the truth. We can feel anxious and almost guilty and feel we have to overcompensate for working from home. It is important to schedule breaks to keep you focused and re-energised, but also so you don’t hit burnout, where your productivity will reduce. Take advantage of being able to go for a 5KM run or enjoy time with the kids for 30 minutes.
  • Socialise with colleagues: Working from home can feel like you are isolated and disconnected from your fellow colleagues and friends and this might be magnified due to the current lockdown measures. I personally used to struggle with this, however I soon realized that you can still socialize with colleagues. Zoom is our primary source of communication with our customers and colleagues at the present moment, so take advantage of the vast array of technologies to ensure you schedule calls about work, sales pipeline, operational matters or just for a quick natter.

Alan Riddoch – Managing Director

Stephen’s hints and tips

I started working from home in 2005 during my time with O2. Back in 2005, working from home was very underutilised and the tools for home working were extremely basic. With all the tools available to us all now, we should be able to embrace home working and flourish with the “new normal” in the coming weeks and months ahead.

  • Get started early: I am naturally an early riser, waking up from around 5:30am (this happens with an 18-month old!) I find the hours of 6:30am – 8:30am are my most productive and I tend to get through a lot of work between these times. With a lot of us not having to make the morning commute at the moment, you have the time to work these hours and then maybe give yourself a break from 9am with another cup of tea or coffee.
  • Dress for the occasion: Even if you are working from home, you should “dress for the occasion.” What do I mean? Whatever you wear to the office, wear at home. This will keep you much more productive than wearing loungewear and you will also look more presentable if jumping on Zoom calls with customers or colleagues.
  • Stick to timescales: Ensure you have a set time you start and finish work. It is very easy to get into the trap of working 16 hour days at home. Yes, 16 hour days are sometimes necessary for us all I am sure, however ensure you have boundaries and discipline in sticking to working hours.

Stephen Gorry – Sales Director